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Kosher

Brillant model for a small community restaurant

AdinaA | Jul 4, 201511:17 PM     3

On a busy pedestrian mall, (not in a low rent location) but across the street form the Gucci store, in a a district filled with restaurants that have sidewalk seating in summertime is one of Europe's finer kosher restaurants. Nothing visible to the public indicates that it is kosher. You have to know. No identifiable Jews are visible, although the staff does wear clever modified chef's hats that could cover hair of hide a kippah.

There are two partners involved, the non-Jewish one owns the place, the Jewish one leases the kitchen from him on a Sunday thru Friday basis.

It serves some of the best vegetarian food on earth. A menu so delightful that they gave me a copy of the menu as a souvenir. The kitchen closes on Friday after lunch. They take the menu away and replace it with a new sign offering ice cream, wine beer, mixed drinks. (remember that non-Jewish owner)

All of this in a shomer mitzvot community that is stable, and not only thriving but growing (francophone Jews fleeing France) although too small to have a day school or a daily minyan. A place where the Shabbos morning minyan numbers about 30 men. It's not subsidized. It's for profit. And it's a genius way for a small community to have a kosher restaurant. Not to mention being a nice amenity for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free (the menu is coded for all possible contemporary dietary restrictions)

More than nice enough to take a client or colleague to dinner.

Luxembourg.

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